Research Degrees

The School of Language and Literature offers research degrees at PhD, MPhil and Masters level in all our subject areas. For more information, contact Dr Andrew Gordon (Postgraduate Research Programmes) or visit our Research Degrees pages.

Elphinstone Scholarships

In 2017-18, the School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture are offering a number of competitive fees-only scholarships for PhD candidates applying to specially selected research projects within our school. These scholarships are named after Bishop William Elphinstone, who founded the University of Aberdeen in 1495.

An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas. Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Projects eligible for Elphinstone scholarships the School are advertised on You can view the list here.

Successful applicants will be automatically entered into the competition for Elphinstone funding. Funding awards will be announced in early June.

The Professor Adolphus Jack Scholarship

The Scholarship is for a student undertaking a PhD in English Literature.

The scholarship has been established through the generous legacy of a University of Aberdeen alumnus. It is named in memory of Professor Adolphus Jack, a former Professor of English at the University of Aberdeen, who inspired the alumnus. The scholarship fund “shall be used to provide an opportunity for talented scholars of English to undertake studies which will advance their knowledge of English Literature, or otherwise for the benefit of such scholars as may seem appropriate from time to time”.

Full details can be can be found here.

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

MSc, MLitt and MMus programmes may be taken over one year (full-time) or two years (part time). They are achieved by a selection of taught modules and an individual practical or research-led project. These programmes may also be taken as a Diploma or Certificate qualification without the dissertation element. Please note that immigration regulations prevent a student from outside the European Union from studying part-time.

The MSc is a taught programme which includes an element of professional training, and which is assessed by coursework and by means of a portfolio based on practical work or a workplace project.

The MLitt is a taught programme which offers further study in a wide range of academic subjects in the humanities. It is assessed by coursework and by means of an individually supervised dissertation.

The MMus offers postgraduate study in the university in the areas of composition, musicology and performance. Elements of assessment may include a dissertation or commentary, a portfolio of compositions, a live or recorded performance, a lecture recital or a scholarly edition.

 For more information, contact Dr Amy Bryzgel (Postgraduate Taught Programmes) or visit our Postgraduate Taught Degrees page.